Recordkeeping: The Room 2 COMPLETE

Sep. 23rd, 2017 10:59 pm
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Between ESO sessions (I have drawn in the BF and a couple other people I know because ESO is on sale in the Humble Store sale, ahaha help) I decided to play this little puzzle-box of a thing. I played the first a while back.

It's... less a "The Room" and more "The Rooms" this time. Lots of jumping between areas, with multiple interactable objects in them. Aside from that, still a puzzle box/boxes, still a good time.

This one took an hour longer than the previous one. Thumbs up.

Teen Wolf sorrow

Sep. 23rd, 2017 05:54 pm
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So tomorrow is the series finale of Teen Wolf.

This feels weird to me because honestly the only season I watched while airing was S3A. I haven't watched any since and I watched S1-2 while I was really sick and on pain meds. I have no idea what's going on this season other than everyone's still in HS and Derek's on the run from the law but he was also only in 3 eps total or something? Apparently Kate is also back to torture Derek more. No one told Stiles anything but what that "anything" is, no idea (a monster turning people to stone? And Gerard Argent?). Scott and Malia are together and okay. Also, Jeff Davis has a lot of problems with the way he treats his actors, his characters, and his plots. TW may be the most plot hole riddled show I've ever seen. It's one of the worst for queerbaiting and apparently he's also screwing over Stydia fans (which I am not a fan of the ship, but I'm pretty sure sometime last year he said they were end game or something and that seems a little rude).

I also won't get to watch the episode because I'll be at work.

Despite all this, TW has this strange place in my heart thanks to fandom and fanfic. And I'm honestly sad that there will not be more in the Stiles-Scott BFF story, or the Lydia is am amazing being who rules at everything, or the "can Jeff please stop torturing Derek with his abuser and can Sterek truly, rightfully happen". I'm sad there won't be new clips to make manips from or new plot holes to make Sterek fix-its.

It's not that Sterek will go away or even TW (I think it's getting some absurd reboot in 2 years, IDK, IDK, fuck you Jeff Davis). But whenever a show stops airing, its fandom dies, even if some people keep making fics and art. And I'm sad to see that go. I know all the actors deserve better and TW fans deserve to have the show end (like SPN fans; please let the show DIE CW FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY). I'm sad in the same way I was when SGA died and those AMAZING McShep writers moved onto fandoms I couldn't follow (or, some moved on to TW which was a boon but who knows now?). TW and Sterek will begin to fade and even when fresh blood discovers it 5 years after, it still won't be the same, you know? It won't have that same burning passion of fandom's light.

I suppose I can just hope for an additional season 7 to come out 10+ years from now ala XF and Twin Peaks to bring the fandom back to life, if only to bemoan the bad writing and get sentimental over how their babies have grown.

RIP TW fandom: may you go on to new fandoms (that I'm in) with maybe, for once, a canon queer ship. You deserve that.

RIP Lydia. May you go onto MIT like all the best fics and become the best math/physics genius ever, or eventually run the country and save it from itself. Hell, do both.

RIP, Stiles: may you be the best next Fox Mulder working for the FBI.

RIP, Derek: may you finally escape Kate Argent's grasp, find peace with yourself and your past. And fucking put a ring on Stiles.

RIP, TW. You deserved better than Jeff Davis.

IQ by Joe Ide

Sep. 23rd, 2017 04:59 pm
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The Blurb On The Back:

East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, OAPs are getting hoodwinked, children are missing. But word has spread: if you’ve got a case the police can’t or won’t touch, Isaiah Quintabe will help you out.

The Review (Cut For Spoilers): )

The Verdict:

Joe Ide’s debut crime novel (the first in a series) is a slickly written story with whip snapping dialogue, interesting main characters who are more frenemies than allies and a tremendous sense of location and although it was too easy to guess the culprit and their motive there’s a lot of potential here – especially because of Isaiah’s back story – and as such I will definitely check out the sequel.

IQ was released in the United Kingdom on 10th August 2017. Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.

Flame In The Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Sep. 23rd, 2017 03:49 pm
[personal profile] quippe
The Blurb On The Back:

She’s barely seventeen, but Hattori Mariko knows her place in life.

She’s been raised for one purpose: to marry the son of the Emperor’s favourite concubine.

But en route to the wedding her litter is ambushed by the Black Clan. Now Mariko has two choices: she can wait to be rescued … or face her enemies.

She’s done waiting.


The Review (Cut For Spoilers): )

The Verdict:

Renée Ahdieh’s young adult fantasy novel (the first in a duology) uses feudal Japan as the basis for some interesting world building but the prose was too purple for my tastes and there’s a lot of set-up here and not a huge amount of actual plot plus although the romance between Mariko and Ōkami is at least earned, I wasn’t that invested in seeing how it turns out, which means I’m not sure whether I’d read the sequel.

Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

Sep. 23rd, 2017 03:33 pm
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The Blurb On The Back:

A lone ship. A murdered crew. And a clone who must find her own killer – before they strike again.


In the depths of space, it’s pretty normal to wake up in a cloning vat. The streaks of blood, however? Not so normal.

Maria Arena has been cloned before. Usually when she awakens as a new clone, her first memory is of how she died. This time, she has no idea. Her memories are incomplete.

And Maria isn’t the only one to have died yesterday …


The Review (Cut For Spoilers): )

The Verdict:

Mur Lafferty’s intelligent and thought-provoking SF novel uses the device of a murder to investigate the ethical, legal and practical considerations of living as a clone and although some of the dialogue is a little stilted, Katarina and Paul are underdeveloped and the ending too pat, I really enjoyed how she weaves in the backstory for each of the characters and the way they slowly overlap and would definitely check out Lafferty’s other work.

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Sep. 22nd, 2017 09:12 pm
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Has anyone else played what is available of The Arcana? Because I've fallen in deep and I need a friend to be going on this adventure with me. I'm already drawing fanart, y'all.

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Sep. 22nd, 2017 07:18 pm
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All the fics, ficlets, and drabbles for [personal profile] luxken27's Summer Mini-Challenge are written! Because I'm ridiculous! Now, for the quickest bit of editing and posting known to the land~~

Go go go!

Long Live the Halflings!

Sep. 22nd, 2017 03:52 pm
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Today is the anniversary of the Long-Expected Party celebrating the
eleventy-first birthday of Bilbo Baggins and the coming of age of Frodo
Baggins in The Lord of the Rings. It was on this day that Bilbo
gave his infamous birthday speech, saying “I don’t know half of you half
as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well
as you deserve,” before disappearing from the Shire forever.

Also on this day, according to the Appendices of The Lord of the Rings,
99-year-old Samwise Gamgee rode out from Bag End for the final time. He
was last seen in Middle-Earth by his daughter Elanor, to whom he
presented the Red Book. According to tradition, he then went to the Grey
Havens and passed over the Sea, last of the Ringbearers.

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And now, in honor of the Baggins Birthdays, the departure of Samwise, and
Hobbits in general, a quote about the Ring’s temptation of - and failure
with - one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s (and, for that matter, world
literature’s) greatest heroes, Samwise Gamgee:

“Wild fantasies arose in his mind; and he saw Samwise the Strong, Hero of the Age,
striding with a flaming sword across the darkened land, and armies
flocking to his call as he marched to the overthrow of Barad-dûr. And
then all the clouds rolled away, and the white sun shone, and at his
command the vale of Gorgoroth became a garden of flowers and trees and
brought forth fruit. He had only to put on the Ring and claim it for his
own, and all this could be. In that hour of trial it was the love of
his master that helped most to hold him firm; but also deep down in him
lived still unconquered his plain hobbit-sense: he knew in the core of
his heart that he was not large enough to bear such a burden, even if
such visions were not a mere cheat to betray him. The one small garden
of a free gardener was all his need and due, not a garden swollen to a
realm; his own hands to use, not the hands of others to command.”
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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Loading out for a weekend set of shows in Kennewick with Leannan Sidhe – if you’re in the area, here’s the Facebook event, c’mon out! Leannan Sidhe is a trad- and trad-style band, so playing a renfaire is something they do on the regular, even if very little of the music is actually Renaissance-specific, and the weather is supposed to be great. See you there!

Mirrored from Crime and the Blog of Evil. Come check out our music at:
Bandcamp (full album streaming) | Videos | iTunes | Amazon | CD Baby

Baby Brother, Supervisor :)

Sep. 22nd, 2017 09:05 am
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After coming home from his checkup yesterday, he took his usual spot on my bed, sitting there watching me work on the computer  :)  But he was not happy with going to the vet, or with getting his little toenails trimmed-- oh, no, my precious!  o_O;  

Baby sits and watches me work on the computer

Why I love Tokyo Xanadu

Sep. 22nd, 2017 11:10 am
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I bought and started playing this game on the Vita around the beginning of August. I initially thought it might just be a temporary distraction before I put it aside in favour of some shinier game, but not only did Tokyo Xanadu turn out to be a very shiny game in its own right, but I found myself getting super invested in it -- and after about a month and a half, during which I clocked up about 80 hours of playtime, I finished my first playthrough last weekend!

As much as I love this game, it sadly doesn't seem to have gotten much fandom attention, so I thought I'd write a gushy post (not a formal review by any means) talking about why I'm so bloody fond of it; I'm hoping it might encourage more people to give the game a try, along with calling out to existing fans. :3

Cue the spoiler-free gushing! )

I started playing Trails of Cold Steel shortly after beating TX, and I'm enjoying that so far as well. I guess I'm steadily falling into Falcom hell!

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Sep. 22nd, 2017 11:31 am
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Mum and dad gone on holiday. They stayed up all night packing, then mum set off the fire alarm with a boiling pan, then they woke me up at 3:30am when they were actually leaving, and dad left the landing light on. Didn't get much sleep yesterday. But day one going well so far. I got slightly less excited about the two weeks' of having the house when I thought about how likely it is my sister might call me up on one of the weekends and ask if 'I could have the kids for just a bit'. I'm planning to be Out to put off the chance of that happening. Tomorrow is quite easy, because they're having a comics festival in Leeds, and Sunday they're supposed to be with their dad. It's not going to be quite a restful as I hoped two weekends with the house to myself would be, but I have to go food shopping anyway, so hey ho.

Yesterday as I was sat on my train home, waiting for it to leave the station, another train pulled out past me with the destination of 'mystery excursion'. I have never been so jealous to not be on a train.

The back of the train said 'Blackpool North', but I still prefer to think of it as a mystery. You can't always trust the back of trains.
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I believe the ancient words of invocation are: "Forgive me, I'm back on my bullshit again."

Okay so... There's a handful of reasons why I'm playing Elder Scrolls Online instead of hopping straight to another single player game. In the interests of appeasing that voice in the back of my mind that's been going "You should actually do things that mean progress instead of playing an MMO!", I've decided to lay them out.

To start with, I own the thing. A while back I picked up the "Gold" collection for $20, which included the base game and four of the DLC extra areas, relating to the Thieves' Guild, Dark Brotherhood, Orsinium (Orc-yland) and Imperial City (which is a PVP-y zone I think).

It's a good thing I did, because my current character, the Argonian/lizardlady "Mottlescale" is going heavy on the thieving and is hanging around the orcish homeland doing their quests to help them rebuild their ancestral city and get a new king on the throne. ... Well, really I've mosly been romping all over their part of the continent and doing whatever catches my eye.

A couple of years back that wouldn't have been possible. ESO is in a really good place right now as far as solo content goes, because the list of solo content right now includes everything except certain group-forced dungeons/raids/PVP, and the level range you can do these things at is "Whatever, just show up". A bit ago they rolled out the "One Tamriel" update that basically means you can fuck off into the wilderness and do whatever you want instead of riding the zone-by-zone quest express.

This is both great and kind of nerve-wracking to me, because I usually rely on the zone-by-zone express to know that I'm doing the right things at the right time and not missing anything. It feels very odd to admit that I've been craving feedback to know that I'm not messing everything up with my character and gear and whatnot. It's also been nice because I can hyperfocus on this one zone and doing everything in it, and the game's just like "Okay, all of it scales to you, have fun."

There ARE exceptions. I wandered into something called a "Public Dungeon" once and got pasted by a solid wall of enemies (maybe if I were AoE-built I could've handled that?) and I learned swiftly that the skull-and-crossbones map marker means "World Boss, tuned for like three dozen people, do not go say hello".

For the most part, though... exploring around lazily at my own pace has been pretty great, and it doesn't require any other people involved. It feels less like an MMO and more like a multiplayer Elder Scrolls game, and I guess if I wanted to hop into a dungeon I could... but I still don't understand my character's build so why would I? I'm doing all right by myself, and I kind of want to make a catperson alt to try out being a Sorcerer. Oh, and I need the cat to make furniture for the house I'm gonna get in Morrowind.

Because I'm gonna buy the Morrowind expansion.

Because I am firmly back on this bullshit again.

Forgive me.

spring is in

Sep. 22nd, 2017 09:44 am
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I have my hockey presentation night tonight, but due to a blood test, I can't eat anything and shouldn't drink anything but water after 10pm. Which is not entirely a bad thing because I don't actually feel like socialising tonight. Set INTROVERSION to ON.

I want to go home tonight and write; and then tomorrow I want to do ALL THE PLANTING AND GARDENING.

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